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Ensign Life, So Far

(Life as a Junior Officer, Class of 2017) Permanent link   All Posts
Glick Photo Well, it’s been awhile since I wrote one of these, and I thought it would be good to write again. I’m two months into my ensign tour and I am learning a lot. Being underway is both monotonous and exciting. In a way, it reminds me of Swab Summer in 2013, without the yelling. Instead of memorizing the mission and swab indoc, I am memorizing navigation and sailing rules, the CO's standing orders, and I am constantly quizzing myself while my boss quizzes me, too. Here though, it isn't just about memorizing text, it's also about applying it to your job. In a way, it is a lot like Swab Summer - your focus and attitude determine your reality. You can be bewildered or overwhelmed, or you can choose to focus and do your best. There is little room for error, but learning how to not make the same mistake twice is just as important, and recognizing that making mistakes is a part of learning, which is important, too. The standards are high, but I am sure I will live up to them in the coming months. I have a good pair of chief petty officers who are looking out for me, and the crew is great. We towed a few disabled vessels that almost got swept up in the Gulf Stream, and I earned my first qualifications as Inport Watch Stander, recertified on Damage Control, and soon I should have my Inport Officer of the Deck qualification as well. Hopefully in the next few months I will be ready to take my board for Underway OOD, wish me luck!

 

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